K.J. Carta-Samuels is still in the infancy of his recruitment but already the 2014 quarterback from San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep has made his college decision.
Carta-Samuels committed to Vanderbilt on Monday morning during a visit to see his brother, Austyn, who plays for the Commodores.
"I came out to visit my brother and I put a highlight tape on the Internet and I believe the Vanderbilt coaches saw it so my brother was hanging out at the facilities and went and talked to coach (James) Franklin," Carta-Samuels said.
"I decided it would be a good idea to come out here for camp (Sunday). I came out and performed for the coaches and they liked what they saw. I enjoyed it. I love being at Vanderbilt, it's an incredible place so this morning I got notified they wanted me to be their guy for the 2014 class."
Everything seemed to fit well for Carta-Samuels, one of the top quarterbacks in the West for the 2014 class.
His brother plays at Vanderbilt, his grandfather played baseball for the Commodores and he has a strong relationship already with the coaching staff and some players so there were too many good things to pass up
"My brother loves it," Carta-Samuels said. "I've gotten acclimated and become friends with all his teammates especially the younger guys.
"The biggest thing for me is I know coach Franklin will be a father figure and I have a big family there with all the freshman and sophomore teammates who I know will take care of me. My brother will graduate by the time I get there but all his friends will be able to take care of me."
Carta-Samuels will almost assuredly get more offers and committing so early was a difficult decision but after weighing everything and considering what could happen in the future, the Bellarmine Prep standout said Vanderbilt already has everything he could ever want.
"I believe in my ability so I would have liked to extend my recruiting a little bit and have it go into my junior and senior year but for me Vanderbilt is at the top," Carta-Samuels said. "I know what coach Franklin is all about and I know what the team is all about.
"It's just that my brother has been able to explain to me all the things that happen on a daily basis and I know college football is going to be tough at times and I know what I'm going to experience at Vanderbilt and the pros drastically outweigh the cons and the academic institution Vanderbilt is and the competitive nature of the SEC is just too special."